Humanitarian conditions in Afghanistan have steadily deteriorated in recent years due to the protracted conflict and recurrent droughts. An intensified conflict in 2011 caused further civilian casualties and displacement, delayed humanitarian action and disrupted essential services. The planned withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from Afghanistan over the next three years risks disrupting local economies, and adversely affecting humanitarian and development action.
In 2012, OCHA plans to focus on fulfilling its core responsibilities in coordination, information management and humanitarian financing. With six sub-offices covering 32 provinces, OCHA will work closely with key national and international partners to improve operational coordination arrangements. It will enhance the quality of information products for decision-making on humanitarian priorities, assist in resource mobilization and strengthen operational financial accountability mechanisms.
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